Penny Starr joined in January 2008 after working for more than 25 years in print media as an editor and senior manager. She has worked at newspapers and magazines in her native state of California, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, South Carolina and now the nation’s capitol. As a senior staff writer at, Starr covers Congress, the White House and D.C. think tanks on issues ranging from domestic energy, to immigration, health, homeland security and religious freedom and also reports on a wide range of cultural issues. Starr has won numerous awards as a reporter, editor, columnist and photographer.

My Articles

August 17, 2016, 3:22 PM EDT
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (yellow) attacking a human T cell. (National Institutes of Health)( – Gay and bisexual men comprised about 2 percent of the U.S.
August 16, 2016, 5:19 PM EDT
An official for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) told a Department of Education bullying summit on Friday that 15.3 percent of high school students in DCPS identify as either gay, lesbian, bisexual or “questioning” – i.e. not sure of their sexuality.
August 11, 2016, 7:35 PM EDT
When Haneefa De Clerq heard about Zika infections in Miami, Fla., she called the local television station to share her story about being the mother of two children born with microcephaly, a disease associated with the virus that can cause this and other birth defects.
August 11, 2016, 12:17 PM EDT
At a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the Zika virus threat is “all about babies.”
August 10, 2016, 3:25 PM EDT
At a press briefing to release the 2015 International Religious Freedom Report at the State Department on Wednesday, David Saperstein, Middle East ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, told a reporter who asked if blasphemy laws were mainly a problem in Muslim countries that the United States still has those laws “on the books” in five states.
August 9, 2016, 3:42 PM EDT
When asked to explain the “new battlefield” faced by the U.S. military, Gen. Robert B. Neller, 37th commandant of the United States Marine Corps, said on Tuesday that the enemy’s capabilities mean that for the first time since World War II American troops are threatened by air power.
August 5, 2016, 10:42 AM EDT
Lianna Rebolledo’s childhood was shattered when she was raped by two men when she was 12 years old, but today she tells others who have faced the same horror that the daughter she gave birth to nine months later changed everything.
August 5, 2016, 10:25 AM EDT
Conservatives say the United States Supreme Court made the right move in temporarily halting a U.S. District judge’s order that would require schools in Gloucester County, Va., to allow a biological female who identifies as a male to use the boy’s bathroom.
August 4, 2016, 3:37 PM EDT
Calling it a “health initiative,” one of the biggest peddlers of pornography is offering free pornography to anyone in Brazil as a way to avoid contracting the Zika virus through sexual contact during the Olympic summer games in Rio de Janeiro.
August 3, 2016, 11:45 AM EDT
At a briefing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, experts on the hepatitis C virus said it is spreading, with a 150 percent increase in diagnosed cases in recent years in the United States and some 3.5 million Americans infected with the blood-borne disease.
August 2, 2016, 10:53 AM EDT
The American Academy of Pediatrics published a report in the August issue of Pediatrics that includes a recommendation that pediatricians talk to children and adolescents about sex, including time with teens when their parents are not present.
August 1, 2016, 12:17 PM EDT
A military expert said on Friday that the United States Air Force’s readiness is at stake because of aging equipment, decades of engagement and a lack of effort to modernize the country’s military.
July 29, 2016, 3:17 PM EDT
The head of a human rights organization dedicated to helping save the Yazidis in Iraq and Syria from kidnapping, rape and death at the hands of Islamic terrorists said at a conference on Thursday that the world cannot expect the Yazidis to reconcile with the perpetrators and others in the region while thousands of women and girls are still being held captive, many of whom are “being raped every day.”
July 28, 2016, 4:53 PM EDT
U.N. Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai. ( Starr)